AutoCAD® Raster Design 2012

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Make the most of rasterized scanned drawings, maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery, and digital elevation models. Get more out of your raster data and enhance your designs, plans, presentations, and maps with AutoCAD® Raster Design software.

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1. General Product Information ....................................................................................... 3 What is AutoCAD Raster Design software? .................................................................. 3 What is new in AutoCAD Raster Design 2012? ............................................................ 3 Why do I need AutoCAD Raster Design if AutoCAD has raster functionality? .............. 3 Why do I need AutoCAD Raster Design when AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil, and AutoCAD Civil 3D products can view and display digital elevation models? ................. 3 What functionality does AutoCAD Raster Design provide? .......................................... 4 Additional capabilities with AutoCAD Raster Design include: ....................................... 4 How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit users in the mapping industry? ................. 5 How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit users in the civil engineering industry? ..... 5 How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit building design professionals? .................. 6 How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit professionals in the manufacturing industry? ....................................................................................................................... 6 What file formats does AutoCAD Raster Design support? ............................................ 6 What is the Image Insert functionality in AutoCAD Raster Design? .............................. 7 What type of digital terrain elevation data can AutoCAD Raster Design read? ............ 7 I’ve created a color-mapped image in AutoCAD Raster Design that I’d like to use in another application. How can I do that?........................................................................ 7 How does AutoCAD Raster Design improve raster data cleanup tasks?...................... 7 2. Compatibility and Interoperability .............................................................................. 8 Is AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 compatible with Windows 7? .................................... 8 Does AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 work with AutoCAD 2012 and other AutoCAD 2012–based products? ................................................................................................. 8 Can I use AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 with earlier versions of AutoCAD? ............... 8

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..................................................................... 9 Can I get a trial copy of AutoCAD Raster Design to try out before purchasing? .. 9 Where can I purchase AutoCAD Raster Design? .................AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Does AutoCAD Raster Design work with Autodesk Inventor ...................................... Purchase Information................................... 8 3................................ 9 ............... 9 4............... Autodesk Revit ® ® Architecture...... 9 ® ® ® ® 2 ..................................................................... or Autodesk Revit MEP 2012 software?...................................................... 9 Where can I find information to learn more about AutoCAD Raster Design? ........................... 8 Does AutoCAD Raster Design work with AutoCAD LT software? ... Training ................................................................................................................................................

and editing all types of raster images in AutoCAD software and applications based on AutoCAD. and plot raster images. AutoCAD Civil. raster snap. Image capture capabilities enable image data accessed through the AutoCAD Map 3D FDO raster provider to be edited. satellite images. As a raster conversion and editing application. you can extend the image-handling capabilities of AutoCAD Map 3D–based software. optical character recognition (OCR). AutoCAD Raster Design supports a wide range of commonly used raster data. What is new in AutoCAD Raster Design 2012? The AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 release provides compatibility with AutoCAD-based ® 2012 products and with Windows 7 operating system. as well as displaying and analyzing DEM and multispectral data (satellite imagery such as Landsat and IKONOS) to assist in better decision making. AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 is supported on Windows 7. processed. image rubbersheeting. Why do I need AutoCAD Raster Design if AutoCAD has raster functionality? AutoCAD software enables you to insert. With AutoCAD Raster Design software. General Product Information What is AutoCAD Raster Design software? AutoCAD Raster Design software is one of the leading raster applications for design professionals in any industry who need to use or reuse scanned paper drawings. and AutoCAD Civil 3D products can view and display digital elevation models? AutoCAD® Map 3D. AutoCAD Raster Design includes an easyto-use image management tool to help organize the numerous raster files you may be using in your project. view. and vectorization tools with SmartCorrect. analyzing. 3 . Does AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 work with Windows 7? Yes. digital elevation models (DEMs). maps. and LizardTech MrSID formats. Raster Design is the Autodesk solution for managing. and similar digital data in ® the course of their design projects. you can extend editing capabilities to include images. ® converting. In addition. It includes additional tools such as tonal adjustment. analyzed. AutoCAD® Civil. With the addition of AutoCAD Raster Design. Raster Entity Manipulation (REM) with SmartPick. Why do I need AutoCAD Raster Design when AutoCAD Map 3D. ® ® such as the JPEG 2000. and saved within AutoCAD Raster Design. palette controls. With AutoCAD Raster Design.AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1. you can modify and save or export images for use with other drawings or applications. ECW. AutoCAD Raster Design also improves DWG™ image management by providing the ability to embed images in the DWG file so you do not have to administer separate image reference files. aerial photos. but you cannot edit and modify these images or perform image processing with AutoCAD software alone. and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software provide the ability to view and display DEMs.

and geospatial image processing when using AutoCAD Civil. JPEG 2000. Image management—Work effectively in an intuitive graphical environment for managing and displaying complex raster data used in your project. 11-. National Transmission Imagery Format (NITF) version 2. ® ESRI GRID.0 and 2. Perform image transformations and edits—Transform multispectral (8-. such as CALS. DigitalGlobe QuickBird. Raster cleanup tools—Clean up scanned raster drawings more quickly and more accurately. MrSID. Rubbersheeting—Make the most of inexpensive aerial photography by rectifying imagery in your projects. and revision. to speed the conversion and verification processes. editing.1 satellite imagery. or 16-bit) and DEM data from native coordinate systems to the current coordinate system when using AutoCAD Map 3D or AutoCAD Civil 3D software  4 . OCR saves manual data entry time and improves accuracy when converting drawings with a large amount of text. Standard file formats—Use a wide variety of commonly used file formats. including single-image and multispectral file formats. ASCII and binary format ESRI GRID files. TIFF.          Additional capabilities with AutoCAD Raster Design include: AutoCAD Raster Design graphics software provides additional raster editing. taking advantage of alternative rubbersheeting algorithms. and eliminating colors in images. DEM. Presentation tools—Integrate raster data into your design projects to create compelling presentations. visual analysis. and others. Optical character recognition—Recognize machine. Tonal adjustment—Improve the appearance of scanned imagery by bringing out the detail in dark areas without affecting highlights. changing. and Autodesk Topobase software. Palette Manager—Enhance the usefulness of your color images by combining. ECW. GIF. AutoCAD Civil 3D.and hand-printed text and tables on raster images to create AutoCAD text (single-line text) or multiline text (mtext). JPEG. Produce special effects and standardize on specific color palettes for your projects. IKONOS. so DWG files can contain both imagery and design data without using external image reference files. Use interactive verification to correct results with dictionary matching. Added functionality includes:  Support for geospatial image formats—Utilize images that contain ® georeferencing information. DWG image management—Embed bitonal images within your drawing file. and more. ® TM AutoCAD Map 3D.AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS What functionality does AutoCAD Raster Design provide? AutoCAD Raster Design includes the following functionality:  Raster-to-vector conversion—Choose from among a wide range of raster-tovector conversion tools that can help you more quickly and more accurately convert various types of raster drawings into vector data for cleanup. now available with VTools. Use dynamic dimensioning and grip editing. including Landsat.

 Raster data analysis—Represent and analyze DEMs and multispectral satellite imagery in new and powerful ways and assist with better decision making. AutoCAD Raster Design can help mapping users to:         Enhance scanned maps and plans Minimize linear and nonlinear distortions after scanning Merge or crop images. Many mapping users need to work from existing paper maps. How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit users in the mapping industry? Geographic information system (GIS) projects often cover large areas. slope. Use the Raster Query tools to obtain point information for elevation. updated. Users can incorporate raster imagery. or scanned drawings to help increase the value of information presented on a selected site.AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS products. entering information. to better support project extents Edit raster data as if it were vector data Use existing maps and plans for new projects Convert parcels. or converted to vector format. vegetation type. and so forth. slope. These maps need to be used for reference. Users can also analyze elevation information by applying elevation. land use planning. Aerial photography and satellite imagery are often combined with other forms of mapping data to enhance understanding. Mapping users typically spend many hours performing tedious tasks. verifying maps. Save the results of edits on DEM or multispectral data in GeoTIFF or DEM format. buildings. and other features to vector format Prepare data for further use in GIS systems and AutoCAD Map 3D Display Manager Trace contours and roads selectively or across an entire image How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit users in the civil engineering industry? AutoCAD Raster Design extends the image-handling capabilities of AutoCAD Civil and AutoCAD Civil 3D software with powerful features that are particularly applicable to surveying and civil engineering. or aspect color mapping to visualize the underlying data. grayscale aerial photographs. and resource management. and evaluating and converting data. Imagery also serves as a source of up-to-date base mapping information. Using aerial photography and satellite imagery is an effective way to add needed reference information. infrastructure. Typical applications include tax mapping. impervious surfaces. Change image density to handle images more efficiently. Crop these images and merge images to cover larger areas with a single image. AutoCAD Raster Design takes advantage of precorrelated data and image mosaics to help mapping professionals manage large amounts of data. You can combine bands of multispectral satellite imagery into false color images that can be analyzed for information on land use. such as correlating data. or both. land cover. and aspect from DEMs and reflectance values from multispectral imagery. These image-handling tools can be utilized in all phases of land suitability 5 .

when your project requires paper-based information. and then use the Palette Manager and tonal adjustment tools to isolate features in maps or to enhance the imagery. define your site area by merging or cropping images.2)  DigitalGlobe QuickBird Imagery  DEM  Landsat-FAST Imagery  National Imaging Transmission Format (NITF) versions 2. use the contour follower to create 2D or 3D polylines directly from scanned maps. The advanced raster editing tools provide a cost-effective way to revise scanned paper drawings. AutoCAD Raster Design interactive vectorization tools and OCR help you get more accurate results.1  Up to 16-bit single band TIFF (IKONOS and other 11-bit single-band data)  Multispectral GEOTIFF 8. The OCR functionality in AutoCAD Raster Design recognizes machine.0 and 2.and 16-bit (most satellite data including IKONOS 6 . including:  BMP  PCX  PNG  IG4  FLIC  JPEG 2000  GEOTIFF  CALS  JPEG/JFIF  RLC  TIFF  GEOSPOT  PICT  GIF  ECW  TGA  MrSID When used with AutoCAD Map 3D-based software. scanned floor plans. and windows in rehabilitation projects when using AutoCAD® Architecture software. doors. sections. For instance. How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit building design professionals? Raster imagery. How does AutoCAD Raster Design benefit professionals in the manufacturing industry? When used with AutoCAD Mechanical or AutoCAD Electrical software. And. and management. such as an HVAC layout. grayscale aerial photographs. ® ® What file formats does AutoCAD Raster Design support? AutoCAD Raster Design supports a variety of widely used file formats. When working with scanned photographs. Develop building systems.and hand-printed text and tables on raster images to create AutoCAD text or mtext.AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS analysis. and detail drawings provide an excellent way to help increase the visual information on a building plan. using a scanned floor plan for reference. including contour or parcel maps. so you can more easily convert a scanned drawing to a vector drawing. More easily convert scanned maps. to vector form using interactive line-following commands. AutoCAD Raster Design supports the following additional file formats:  DOQ  ESRI GRID  DTED (level 0. combine a scanned drawing of existing conditions with proposed walls. design. When working in AutoCAD Civil or AutoCAD Civil 3D software. 3D polylines can then be used to create a surface. These raster-to-vector conversion features take full advantage of the powerful drafting settings in AutoCAD software. AutoCAD Raster Design provides vectorization tools with SmartCorrect functionality.1.

The result is a standard TIFF file with the same correlation and resolution as the original. and 2 files. I’ve created a color-mapped image in AutoCAD Raster Design that I’d like to use in another application. or 24-bit color. Requiring precise geometry for these operations would create an unnecessary ® step. such as the U. using them as independent image insertions or as bands of a multispectral data set. document management. In addition. 8-bit gray. This functionality allows a wider range of image data to be used in projects. Images can be bitonal. How can I do that? The Image Capture tool in AutoCAD Raster Design enables you to capture a snapshot of a color-mapped image. The Touchup feature works like Microsoft Paint. and offset existing REM entities. 1. including the following:  With the Despeckle tool. engineering. including the ability to extend and trim. which helps you to take action regardless of the state of the preview.S. There are several REM editing commands. generate fillets between REM entities. This support increases the usability of AutoCAD Raster Design for federal agencies. 11-bit. such as cleanup tasks that involve re-forming characters and symbols or filling in gaps in a line. and increases the amount of data available for use in your projects. you can despeckle multiple areas of the same image within a single instance of the command. 8-bit color. The image preview capability during image insertion has its own processing thread. and GIS. change the pixel size to work on different areas of the image. What is the Image Insert functionality in AutoCAD Raster Design? The Image Insert functionality in AutoCAD Raster Design includes the following:  You can insert multiframe imagery and choose individual frames.AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 8. helping to make the operation more interactive. Department of Defense. mapping. The Touchup tool provides on-the-fly raster drawing and erasure capabilities for making small changes that do not require precise geometry. How does AutoCAD Raster Design improve raster data cleanup tasks? AutoCAD Raster Design includes several features that improve the ease and efficiency of the raster data cleanup process. and Landsat) The image file formats supported by the program include some of the most common formats used in major technical imaging application areas: computer graphics. you can see more information regarding the image before insertion and see when image default parameters are being applied.bit. All   7 .  What type of digital terrain elevation data can AutoCAD Raster Design read? AutoCAD Raster Design can read digital terrain elevation data (DTED) level 0. and undo an operation within the command.

AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 is supported on the Window 7 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. you cannot view that image in AutoCAD LT software. Compatibility and Interoperability Is AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 compatible with Windows 7? Yes. Does AutoCAD Raster Design work with AutoCAD LT software? AutoCAD Design cannot be installed with AutoCAD LT software. AutoCAD Raster 2012 is compatible with the following products:          AutoCAD 2012 AutoCAD Architecture 2012 AutoCAD MEP 2012 AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 AutoCAD Electrical 2012 AutoCAD Map 3D 2012 AutoCAD Civil 2012 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Autodesk Topobase 2012 ® ® Can I use AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 with earlier versions of AutoCAD? Because AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 is an add-on product. or Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2012 software? No. it only works with AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD 2012–based products. you can view them in AutoCAD LT software. Does AutoCAD Raster Design work with Autodesk® Inventor®. ® 8 . If AutoCAD software requires the object enabler to view a particular image. Does AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 work with AutoCAD 2012 and other AutoCAD 2012–based products? Yes. for simplicity in learning and use. AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 only works with AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD 2012 software–based products. 2.AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS these commands work like the corresponding AutoCAD commands. If you have drawings containing image references that can be viewed in AutoCAD software–based products without the AutoCAD Raster Design object enabler installed. Autodesk® Revit® Architecture. AutoCAD Raster Design 2012 is the raster application for AutoCAD 2012 software and the industry-specific products based on AutoCAD 2012 software.

Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings. Inc. Inventor.AUTOCAD RASTER DESIGN 2012 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 3. or features but merely reflect our current plans. and Topobase are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk. Training Where can I find information to learn more about AutoCAD Raster Design? The AutoCAD Raster Design product website offers a wealth of information. Purchasing decisions should not be made based upon reliance on these statements. services. Purchase Information Where can I purchase AutoCAD Raster Design? AutoCAD Raster Design is available worldwide. which may change. DWG. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist or change after the date on which they were made.. webcasts and video demonstrations where you can see the product in action. Can I get a trial copy of AutoCAD Raster Design to try out before purchasing? Yes. AutoCAD Inventor. All other brand names. product names. plus much more. or trademarks belong to their respective holders. See it all at www. Autodesk. success stories and video testimonials from your peers.com/rasterdesign-trial. Inc. To locate one near you.com/rasterdesign.autodesk. 4. and specifications and pricing at any time without notice. 9 . Autodesk makes statements regarding planned or future development efforts for our existing or new products and services. you can get a 30-day free* trial of AutoCAD Raster Design at http://www. All rights reserved. Contact your local Autodesk Authorized Reseller for more information. AutoCAD LT.com/reseller. AutoCAD. Occasionally. These statements are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products. *Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies download of the software. visit www. © 2011 Autodesk.autodesk. Revit. and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.autodesk. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Civil 3D. including white papers with detailed technical information.

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